Yeah, these cherry muffins happened when I decided I should add a few fresh cherries to a mound of glorious dark chocolate chips.
The cherries were an afterthought, but let's just keep that little detail between us, okay?
Fresh cherry pieces add some nice bursts of juiciness. But the dark chocolate is really what I was after when I put these muffins together.
Of course, another upside to adding fresh cherries is that you are absolutely permitted to tell anyone who inquires that you are consuming a fresh fruit muffin.
Fresh cherry muffins with dark chocolate.
Dark chocolate is good for you, right? Of course it is!
Because I had leftover buttermilk from my escapades with the Vanilla Lavender Cake I made earlier, I used buttermilk in the muffin recipe.
I am a fan of buttermilk in my cake recipes. You absolutely could substitute regular milk though.
But, really, try the recipe with buttermilk . . . at least once. I think you'll like the results!
You can also create a buttermilk substitute by taking 1 cup (minus 1 tablespoon) milk and adding 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice or white vinegar. Allow to stand for 10 minutes.
Viola! A buttermilk substitute!
As I mention in the recipe, I like to save a few chocolate chips and cherry pieces to sprinkle on top just before popping the muffins in the oven. I think it looks really enticing to see the goodies on top!